By this time your baby’s body has matured to the point where the gut is no longer so permeable, and stomach acids is up to normal levels. Now you can introduce other protein foods besides breast milk or formula, and your baby can also enjoy a wider variety of foods and juices.
Because your child is now entering a slower growth phase, his appetite will decrease. This is the stage when your infant will play with his food. He will be more interested in the texture and feel of the food and how he eats it than eating itself.
1- Feed your child a variety of foods.You may continue to breast feed your baby’s, but it is only one part of his expanding diet. If you choose to givehim cow’s milk and he shows no signs of intolerance, make sure it is whole milk, not skim or low fat milk.
Toddlers need fat in their diets for growth and development and should be fed a higher fat diet until age three to four. He can have butter, eggs, cold pressed or expelled pressed oils, peanut, almond, and cashew butters, and whole dairy products, if tolerated. Toddlers who are fed a low fat diet can develop “failure to thrive” syndrome. Avoid bad fats such as fried foods, margarine, and fried chips, they are high in trans fatty acids, which can be carcinogenic.
Keep in mind that dairy products can cause problems, such as upper respiratory infections, for some children. A large percentage of ear infections are caused by dairy products. Rice milk or soy milk, fortified with calcium and vitamin D, may be a good alternative.
The healthiest diet for your toddler is organically grown, homemade food. The processing of canned and bottled foods and juices causes many of the nutrients and much of the “life force” to be destroyed. You can buy a food grinder, or puree foods in a blender or food processor, you also can mash vegetables and fruits by hand.
Do not add extra salt or sugar to your infant’s food it already contains all the natural sodium and sugars your child needs. If you start out right, your child’s taste buds won’t demand as much salt or sugar as he or she matures.
2- Fresh juice should become a regular part of your child’s diet. This is a very good time to give your child two or three glasses of fresh juice a day. Juicing fruits and vegetables makes it easier to feed children more of the nutrients they need for growth. They can have a fruit juice in the morning and one or two vegetable juice combinations in the afternoon or evening. Limit fruit juice to no more than 12 ounces per day. Too much fruit juice has been linked with failure to thrive, short stature, and obesity. Dilute both vegetable and fruit juices with water, but now the ration can change to one part water for every three parts juice.